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While it's great to pick one destination to enjoy to the fullest, a day trip to a nearby town or attraction can be the icing on the cake of your vacation. ShermansTravel experts have rounded up the top day trips within a few hours' drive so you can experience that must-visit stretch of beach, national park, or under-the-radar city.

Day Trips from Johannesburg

Dinokeng

Known as “the place of rivers,” this area encompasses a variety of attractions, including the small town of Cullinan, where the world’s largest diamond was found, the vibrant Khuwana shebeen (tavern), and the largest Buddhist temple in South Africa.

46 miles north of Johannesburg, www.dinokeng.co.za
Tags: family | culture | history | day trip

Maropeng Visitors Center

Covering some 181 square miles in the Sterkfontein Valley just outside Joburg, this UNESCO World Heritage Site, valued as one of the birthplaces of modern man, encompasses an assortment of nature and game reserves. Go on safari!

22 miles west of Johannesburg, on the R400 off the R563 Hekpoort Rd., 011-27-14-577-9000, www.maropeng.co.za
Tags: family | tour | day trip | wildlife | world heritage site

Original Balloon Safaris

Enjoy waterskiing, canoeing or boating at this reservoir surrounded by the lush Magaliesberg mountain range. You can also go biking, visit an elephant sanctuary, or take in a hot-air balloon safari with Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris (011-27-11-705-3201).

37 miles northwest of Johannesburg, along the R511 route, 011-27-12 253-1567, www.hartbeespoortdam.co.za
Tags: family | water sports | day trip | adventure

Parys

This small town situated on the Vaal River is renowned for adventure activities like rafting, biking, hiking trails, and abseiling. The town center boasts a wealth of restaurants, delis, art galleries, and home décor shops.

75 miles south of Johannesburg, 011-27-56-811-2000, www.parysinfo.co.za
Tags: family | water sports | art | culture | day trip | adventure

Pretoria

The seat of South Africa’s government is home to a wealth of excellent restaurants, nightlife haunts, and must-see attractions like the historic Union Buildings, the Voortrekker Monument, and the Sammy Marks Museum. Alternatively, enjoy the fun vibes inspired by the local students in the suburb of Hatfield. .

37 miles north of Johannesburg, 011-27-1-12-358-1430, www.gauteng.net
Tags: art | culture | architecture | history | day trip | culinary

The Crocodile River Ramble

This self-drive route will take you on an interesting journey past an assortment of handicraft venues, galleries, health spas, and restaurants. En route, visit the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve and the Krugersdorp Game Reserve.

15 miles west of Johannesburg, Greater Muldersdrift Area, 011-27-14-577-9323, www.theramble.co.za
Tags: family | art | culture | day trip | wildlife | road trips

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